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Foreigners in Italy: economic living conditions and unmet medical needs

Annalisa Busetta


Foreigners in Italy experience specific inequalities in health and in access to health care that overlap with existing geographical disparities. In this study we aim to compare the effects of living conditions on self-perceived unmet medical needs among foreigners living in Italy. In particular, we test several measures of living conditions, and assess whether these measures affect foreigners differently depending on their nationality. The data used for the analysis are from the Italian Special Survey of Income and Living Conditions carried out on households with foreigners in 2009.

Annalisa Busetta, Researcher, Department of Economics, Business and Statistics, University of Palermo, Italy. E-mail:


Italy; unmet medical needs; foreign population; immigrants; subjective poverty; at risk of poverty; material deprivation; Eu-silc

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ISSN: 2035-5556

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